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Royal or no? Jett does a poll.

I got an email today from Nat Gertler...the editor of About Comics...the folks who are publishing this years 24 Hour comic anthology. As you know...my entry was chosen along with 23 other submissions to be part of this years collection. What I get is 5 complimentary copies and royalties from the sale of the book. However, divided between a publisher and 23 other people...I was told not to expect too much $...which is fine...I didn't DO it for the money or even in the hopes of being published. I did it because it's an amazing challenge where even finishing is considered an honor.
So in this email I was told that initial orders are very low...not to expect much from reorders and he would estimate that our individual royalties might be...$25.00.

He has given each creator the option of foregoing the royalty check for 2 additional copies of the book...meaning I would have 7 comp copies...each of them valued at little over $24.00 a piece which means it's a better financial deal...I mean, I could sell them to people for a lot less than they would pay at their local comics shop and I'd make more $.

HOWEVER...there is just something so COOL about the idea of receiving a royalty check...even if it is silly and meager.

So, dear reader...what do you think I should do? Forego the royalty and get 2 additional books...or go for the royalty check even if in all likelyhood it will be a pittance?


Poll #569262 To Royal or not to Royal?

Should I forego the royalty check and get 2 additional free copies of this year's 24 Hour Comic anthology?

Yes. Christmas presents doncha know?
1(3.3%)
Yes! Sell em and make a profit! You ARE a starving artist AND a capitalist!
4(13.3%)
No. It may not be much but it'd be your first royalty check and that's COOL.
14(46.7%)
No. Who knows, it may get really popular and your royalties might be more than you think.
9(30.0%)
I don't care...I'm just waiting for the sequel!
2(6.7%)

Comments

( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
pr10n
Sep. 12th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
And yet, and yet, save some back because who knows what future fame is out there. You may donate yr papers to a school someday, or something.
bobbyfiend
Sep. 12th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
go for the cash
So you got offered something of little current value (but possible future value), based on a projection of a low-value alternative made by someone who has a financial stake in the project (and whose financial interests may not be in harmony with your own). Since neither option appears to be worth a whole lot, I'd go for the royalties, just because that's an open option, whereas I'm sure you have to sign your royalty rights back over to said editor (shutting down your options), if you take the copies instead. Dude, you have a good job. If you really need 2 more copies (for friends or just posterity), buy them later. With your royalty check and 26 extra bucks. And then rest assured that you still have a stake in the project, maybe (I'm not too clear on how these things work... just sounds a little wierd, that's all).
urbanepleb
Sep. 13th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: go for the cash
bobbyfiend's comment hits closely on how I feel. First, it is cool to get a royalty cheque. Second, the royalty cheque is open ended, so you may continue to get money after an initial windfall. Third, mathematically, if you have to sign away your royalties to get the 2 books, don't all the people who keep their royalties end up with more money. Hm. The English there isn't clear. But let's say 5 people pick books over royalties, then the royalties get divided among less people and the people who picked royalties get more. I think as a capitalist, you have to pick the royalties because there is a lot more possibility.
Finally, I agree here that this sounds slightly fishy. If everyone rejects their royalties, who wins? That's right, the guy who advised you to reject your royalties. A bit fishy.
eralcym
Sep. 13th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
Re: go for the cash
I agree with the above two. Royalty checks would be way cool, even if the outcome ends up less, AND all the other stuff they both said... that's what I think! WAY TO GO by the way!
urbanepleb
Sep. 13th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
PS You voted in your own poll? That's hilarious!
bluesilverkdg
Sep. 13th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
I'm always in favor of a check, personally. :-)
redsbird
Sep. 13th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'm still deciding my vote, but I do have a question...will this book be available for purchase anywhere (Borders, Barnes & Noble etc.) or is it special order through the publisher only?
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